5 ridonkulous reasons to go to Sullivan's 

1. Middle Street. Sullivan's Island's adorable "downtown" strip has plenty of dining choices after a long day at the beach, from Poe's burgers to Home Team's barbecue to Dunleavy's pub fare (and free popcorn).

2. Free parking. You may have to search around a bit for a good spot, but parking on the island is free. Just make sure your car is completely off the pavement, and there are no "no parking" signs nearby (duh).

3. Fort Moultrie. This historic fort on the end of the island is surprisingly expansive and a little bit creepy. Moultrie offers unbeatable views of the ocean from the top. It's easy to sneak in, but it only costs $3 for adults to tour the place, and it's free for kids.

4. View of downtown. Walk to the Cooper River-end of Sullivan's Island, and you'll be rewarded with a unique view of downtown Charleston, not to mention the Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter, and Morris Island.

5. Picturesque paths. Some of the beach access paths are a bit long, but they're easy to maneuver thanks to a succession of well-maintained boardwalks. You'll typically pass through a section of woods before getting to the marsh grass and flower-covered dunes, then the beach. Lovely.

Summer Guide 2010

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    What's a Donk? Well, it's kind of like pornography: You'll know it when you see it. What? That's not good enough? You need more? OK. Look for a boat of a car — like an Oldsmobile or an Impala — painted the color of a Blow Pop and sporting rims that would fit on Godzilla's ring finger.
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    Las Olas, Sally Bettes Resort Shop, Everything But Water, McKelvin's Surf Shop, Target
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    For some, summer smells like cocoa butter. For others, sweat. And then there are those for whom it smells like a nasty combination of pluff mud, horse piss, rotten fish, and an Ohio pork belly sizzling in the burning sun. Pork belly? Mmm. Now we're thinking about food. Hmm. What else would we like to eat right now?


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